In a move to consolidate support in his formerly perceived stronghold, Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila is today expected to begin his tour of the Coastal region in readiness for the 2022 faceoff with other potential contenders.
The former premier is expected to tour all the six Coastal Counties to popularize the Building Bridges Initiative bill and to also dispel DP Ruto’s influence in the region.
The DP under the support of rebel ODM MP’s, former Raila allies, and other former leaders has been making inroads into the area to claim a chunk of votes from the area.
Meanwhile, Mombasa governor Ali Joho has also declared his interest in the Presidency and is seeking party endorsement from the Raila-led ODM party.
He is to begin his tour from the Taita Taveta County where he is to address the divisions witnessed among his allies and the hosts before heading to other parts.
Confirming his tour, County Director of Communications Denis Onsarigo said the governor in collaboration with other leaders will take charge of the Raila tour.
“The governor will take charge of Raila’s tour of the region starting today,” he stated.
Onsarigo said that MPs Jones Mlolwa (Voi) and Andrew Mwadime (Mwatate), and area MCA’s will accompany Mr. Odinga and the governor in the tour.
“Raila will pay a courtesy call on the governor at his offices on Tuesday morning before inspecting the ongoing construction of the new Mwatate modern market and the sub-county isolation center at the Mwatate Sub-county hospital, before addressing a political rally in the town,” said Onsarigo.
Odinga is expected to address residents at Mwololo and Tausi trading centers before heading to Voi town.
“It is a good opportunity to have our party leader in the county. This is the second visit within six months and our supporters are optimistic to receive Raila,” Tairo told The Standard yesterday, adding: “The local community that overwhelmingly voted for him in the last General Election is very optimistic about Raila’s tour of the county and will turn out in large numbers to receive him”.